Nona Willis Aronowitz is a 25-year-old journalist and cultural critic and a born-and-bred New Yorker. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006, with a degree in American Studies and a concentration in Film. She wrote her honors thesis on 1970s porn movies and their influence on and reflection of the sex revolution and feminism—and got Wesleyan to pay for every porn movie she watched.
Nona has written about women, sex, music, technology, film, and youth culture for numerous publications including The Nation, The Village Voice, The New York Observer, Salon, Double X, and Bitch. She blogs at Girl-drive.com, and has also guest-blogged for Feministe and Sadie Magazine. She has worked for The Village Voice, Salon, Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense Fund), Tango Magazine, and as a photojournalism teacher for Step Up Women’s Network. She recently participated in an online think tank for the Institute for the Future of the Book (funded by the MacArthur Foundation) on Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook.
She is currently a reporter and editor for TribLocal.com, and she talks feminism on “Feminist Wednesday” with Molly and Brian every week on Chicago Public Radio’s Vocalo.org. She is also working on an anthology of her mother Ellen Willis’s rock criticism, called Out of the Vinyl Deeps, slated for Spring 2011.
Her biggest project to date is authoring Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism, an exploration of what feminism means to women across the U.S. For more info on Girldrive, read the M.I.S.S. review of the book. We also talked with Nona about her experiences researching and writing the book and you can watch the Nona Willis Aronowitz interview on M.I.S.S. TV.
We sat down to chat with Nona and asked her our Women Making History questions via video – here’s what she had to say:
Visit www.nonaswriting.com to read more of her writing.
Keep up with Nona here:
- SF: “Girldrive” Reading at Modern Times Bookstore
- “Girl Drive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism” Book Review & Give Away
- M.I.S.S. TV: Interview with Nona Willis Aronowitz, Author of Girldrive
- In Conversation: Gloria Steinem and Suheir Hammad
- She’s A Very Freaky Girl